One of "Publishers Weekly's" Top 100 Books of 2011
"As quirky and funny as its oddball characters, Linmark's latest is a unique, colorful portrait of cross-cultural experience and a view into the complexities of modern-day Philippines through the prism of an ex-pat's self-discovery and quasi-homecoming."--"Publishers Weekly, " starred review
"[A]s cheeky a novel as you'll encounter. . . . the book's nonstop energy and nonstop attitude are addictive. And in Vince you won't find a less predictable tour guide. A lively satiric return to early '90s Manila, seen from both sides of the Filipino American divide."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Linmark delivers a harrowing tale of love, family, and cultural bewilderment, a sardonically funny and vibrant novel about one man's journey to his past. . . . Linmark's novel reads like a bittersweet love letter to a vast and perplexing nation. This is a story of heritage, sexuality, and self-discovery that is as riveting as its locale is complex."--"Booklist"
"Linmark offers both a meditation on what it means to be Filipino and an exuberant, affectionate, irreverent love letter to the city of Manila from one of its own. . . . Linmark, who like Vince has lived in both Manila and Hawaii, develops a lively and engaging narrative voice as he skillfully juxtaposes these two very different cultures. . . . This is a jaunty, kaleidoscopic novel that amusingly chronicles the many challenges Vince faces moving between cultures. Recommended for readers of lighthearted literary fiction."--"Library Journal"
"At times uproariously funny, . . . Linmark weaves cultural and historical research into his story and employs a nonlinear structure to the narrative, including jumps in time, lists of Philippines "travel tips," and postcards to and from Hawaii. . . . Above all, Linmark's writing is literary: heightened, emotional and beautifully crafted. Linmark began as a poet, and pays close attention to rhythm, economy and wordnshow more